Why the 1990s were the last golden age of culture

With Sensation at the Royal Academy in 1997, which opened amid official talk of “Cool Britannia”, the movement peaked – and today, within the art world, it is often derided as splashy and dumb. Yet, the YBAs made contemporary art less elitist, and generated an energy that other artists benefited from too, such as the … Read more

Wish you were here? The Pink Floyd reunion that never was

And yet, after all that, their relationship still ran aground. The catalyst was Waters’s decision in 1983 to leave Pink Floyd. It wasn’t the first time the band had lost their lead singer – the same had, after all, happened with Syd Barrett. Yet such was Waters’s ego he found it unthinkable Pink Floyd could … Read more